A man is in hospital suffering from serious injuries after he was attacked outside a pub on a Sheffield street.
The 43-year-old - believed to be the landlord of The Bassett pub on Cowper Avenue, Fox Hill - was set upon just before midnight on Sunday in what police say was a ‘targeted’ attack.
Officers spent all night and yesterday morning at the scene trying to establish exactly what happened and who was involved.
Officers cordoned off a section of road outside the pub and officers stood guard, preventing anyone from entering the crime scene.
They carried out door-to-door inquiries asking local residents whether they had witnessed the attack or seen or heard anything suspicious.
Residents and pub locals said the victim was the landlord, Roger, who took over the pub towards the end of last year after leaving The Cow and Calf in Grenoside.
One woman who drinks in the pub said: “I was only laughing and joking with him on Sunday.
“This has come as a shock.”
Another resident who lives close to the pub said: “He’s done a good job with the pub and is turning it around.
“I heard there had been some trouble and that Roger’s car had been torched, so I don’t know whether this is linked.”
Resident Thomas Melia, 64, said: “I had gone to bed and all I know about what happened is I heard raised voices.
“I told the police that when they came knocking.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating a serious assault on Cowper Avenue in Sheffield.
“Police received reports of an assault outside a pub at around 11.50pm on Sunday in which a 43-year-old man sustained serious injuries.
“The man is receiving treatment at the Northern General Hospital.
“It is believed this was a targeted attack.”
Anyone with information is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.